Oct 9, 2016|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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Hello and welcome to united way live united. I'm Jerry Westerfield. Dirty meted out have a friend in Cammie swindle who is the executive director of the cancer association of greater New Orleans welcomed him I think it's scary I know that united way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity to eradicate poverty. In our region and we strategically invest in programs and initiatives collaborations. And advocacy efforts to meet our communities Greece needs. We have a bold vision of equitable communities we're all individuals are healthy educated. And economically stable. And we don't know that prevention is a big part of being healthy are health care. You have to be aware of your body any changes that just don't seem right. Now we know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And Tammy that's why you're here as executive director of the cancer association of greater amounts. Let's talk about this because this is something that you do day in day out. You advocate you teach you others to know about breast cancer awareness and cancer awareness general. That's correct that's really is true weak when you really look at what goes on in society and how cancers can be prevented. There are few things we can do off the bat is the number one thing is quit smoking almost 3035%. On cancer as a direct can directly related to tobacco use. Thirty to 35% not cancers are nutrition and how we exercise a lack of exercise. 10% can be genetics 10% in the environmental. And so you know we're really looking at these things how we can. Not only prevent it but how we can detect these cancers early. And that is the key early detection for these so again and that in itself is prevention. If you feel you have a long par bomb or something is not. Quite right. Get to what doctor and soon she can happen check that out you know there's a lot of controversy between. Breast cancer awareness in breast self examination and more and more people are going to just Morgan awareness. And what's happening with that is if you're in the shower if you're doing a breast self awareness exam. And you find a lump the doctor checked it check that out 80% of all of her not to be cancerous it could be assisted could be in the so many different things. But it's it's better for the doctor to be sure and better for your sense of your mind innocent you know you a lot to worry about that you can have it checked out. As now weighing in your mind if it is something he can jump an action. And isn't some two part of this course because a lot of people with men. You can have long you gonna bumps you can have. I dense breast tissue only faced at times you might be frightened thing. This could be something again if you can get to where doctrine that's the best and say yes. Because that's part of the problem here in Louisiana's. Sometimes it'd. People don't while not the if is they didn't they're not going to the doctor you know with the Medicaid expansion with the breast and cervical program at L issue. There's ways for people to have free demography and actually working it's going to be really neat actually working with L issue. Because there's tomography can get prima Marty but then after that the diagnostic and cost so we're actually working with Alan she is to actually help with that diagnostic. So they people think they'll have their diagnostic. And then. You know we're looking at this late if they aren't diagnosed with cancer in their in the thirteen pairs is that we covered in and they need extra help they can come into our Medicaid medication program. And pat is also important because if again why this is so important fits in with united way of southeast Louisiana and our our goal of eradicating poverty. Because so many people just. We need is that one emergency can media storm can be. Health emergency car where you can just Tip O'Neill for me to very easily and working with. The lady we have a program with we'll talk more about restoration Shura you know were helping women that have had breast cancer and had a mastectomy another meeting reconstruction. Many times and you have their reconstruction you may be out of work for 46 week stay Heatley. And for some people they've already gone through treatment chemotherapy radiation they missed work they're out of sick time they're out of vacation time. Now would they do to India for another 68 weeks and we'll have no income coming in. George and disability may not kick in and they don't have so with the restoration program we can help pay for. It in it's really goes grant by grants liking to be an exact numbers are inadequate it's different for different people you know but. Unreality we can help with up to about 2.5 hundred dollars some people don't need that much and so it just it really depends we have a animal at work and later may now. Her weekly income is about 351008. So she's going to be out for four weeks so she won't technically need the toll 500 dollar she to sneeze what she's out her. The time that she's out and so we're really trying to work Karr with time and see what those needs are because this will be her only surgery. She'll need another surgery down the road India again and so. In many times you don't it is since been all that money on the first round and save some money for later so this is a program actually started I can sport. I know well equipped well yes. It is is current board. A member of the out of it southeast Louisiana she's our former chair and campaign chair and while. She is involved in so many civic and again restoration right also our public policies so he's things are all very important. I was very very. A lucky I got to got to actually go to the State Capitol and see how legislation works. And saw her. And doc is still here actually give testimony enormous Norman grace to get testimony about the loss with breast cancer. And many times deconstruction a woman named. Have breast can't to have inspecting you know maybe five years ago. Now she switched jobs or may have been divorced or widowed in her insurance changed and insurance isn't wanting to her new pictures come in Maine when he take care that we can owners are looking at is pretty exist reading this day job or or you know that other insurance that took care that is not my responsibility. On now public Kim's worked on is it is their responsibility. So you know the insurance companies will be responsible for having to to help pay for that reconstruction and that's really what it is it and it your own insurance company that pays for eureka and your mastectomy. Surgeries then it will pay fees and I think he had are now correct me. I'm district's summer ahead arguments. On the books so yes yes that he wasn't being in for listening employees or stepping up to do. What they had been told to do it through and that aspect of a different interns come Sonya that's one of the things at their changing and women getting all of their information Kim was very instrumental in many years ago in gaining a law passed that. Women art to be given all of their options and Alice so beautiful today and I can't hope she's listening. The lady called me the other day that actually talked about that Howard doctor gave all the options she was very secure in what she wanted to do. And it was just wonderful to hear that I know at best because of candidate. It is in your shall frightened when you hear diagnoses breast cancer any type of cancer that sometimes you don't even hear after that initial statement. So for a doctor to take the time for here she explained to a patient yet that there are many things that we can do. And that will make you feel better make you feel. Hole and making different yes and port and I'm sure her reasons are like many others is you know there's fear there's I you know I wanna get I wanna know what I'm gonna be like later. Among I want to look hole I want to be a Vista so many reasons can get back to cost again to do. He will simply felt they could not afford it didn't realize that it was and could and should be paid for. Buy insurance companies S and then for those extraneous costs like you know lost wages and into the innings and maybe keeping summit from surgery. For restoration. This really goes across the United States. Anyone Indian on this case dates can apply for this if they're having surgery here in the state of Louisiana it can be entry point in being that we usually trials Lafayette New Orleans it does not matter. And over the years with restoration since Tony ten. We felt almost ninety women we surgeries and and some of these women so it opened ninety surgeries plus they've come back summit that required for the out. Second and third surgery so pocono over a hundred surgeries. And Norton's has become. It is but it but at abreast. Reconstruction surgery center and yet many open her coming from all we have incredible doctors we do people working with no other groups. Can make sure that women will be able to be taking care rally in in it's it really is their choices how they want you know how they want to reconstruction. And where they want their reconstruction done island restoration. We have many we don't is just not one facility we probably at one last time I looked at are twelve different facilities that we actually worked with with restoration. And it's wonderful. What'd it it's gonna be just a moment to about diagnosis in about screening because that is again something which let's begin at the beginning there are some that we hear about. You don't know where ago. In yet if what you just about be about a breast ratio also involve many groups who do offer screening or you can advice. When and where to go and men too. Get an update you know if if you're uninsured and years I believe it's forty or forty and older LSU has three screens all over the Norah greater New Orleans area. So they have their breast and cervical program if you're in the bad read Jerry on the North Shore Mary bird Perkins will bring them tomography van outsell. You can always go to the web site an excellent to see where that they in his it would help through screenings are doing. And now that it's October a lot of people are doing health fairs and so is going to be a lot of information out even some of your own facilities and we have them all over west Japanese Jefferson and an auction they're all going to be having their specials from a monarchies are usually have a special rate for an. Now something else that's coming up and special because they've been good friends to keg now. And that as our group Suzie and foundation and what they do every year I'll let us a little like twenty hits. Anniversary of the race for the cure here while. He has can be amazing heavily hard copies and indeed the emcee for that his horse or virus survivors. Is going to be wonderful and will be out there we'll have a table out there is one of the grand tees were very very fortunate. For them further past many years that we've ran a grant to Susan G. Komen. And had been awarded. Grant monies to help women with who have currently in treatment. With medications or transportation. With household utilities. And so really to be at the thirty year depends on what our grand isn't aware until we're able to give out but normally we can help feel I actually helped over 120 women with the Susan G. Komen grant. So that you know added on with united ways help and then. It brings in query able to write other grants and so we're always able to help different different facility I mean. Different people with different grant depending on their diagnosis. Could you can leverage those different letters coming in from the united way people getting through their work please campaign. Susan G. Komen. Grant you can pull those resources. And and you can help a large large number of people EL absolutely and I just at a presentation in the day. And it's amazing I don't think people realize like with our agency. Income based so we help anybody are only criteria is you were diagnosed with cancer. And so we try really hard not to turn on any reasonable reasonable requests are sometimes requests and we just we can help with because they don't have the funding. But you know many times units nominees it's point five dollar gas card. Or a favorite stories of voice box a gentleman's. As they hit hid losses voice box in the river. And I don't does Medicaid or Medicare was in a paper in Ireland for a couple of years. And we thought about it he said maligned you know as a cancer patient he needs assistance you know we never Orlando Florida let's try to do that and so for 200 dollars. We we were able to give them me and ability to speak. And it gave him a voice and gave him a voice and I'll and I tell you the first words witnesses. Public Paula had the first demand that we helped him think he was the first were is now you know there was just so touching and then I got to experience that with another generally dropped off as police asks. It's just so many things that we can do and it doesn't Matta doesn't take a lot to help people and expansion Paul and you have to explain to folks listen to politics because. You are very small and hard. Working social sphere it's called the agency Lee I we have under executive director Paula is our patient services director we have bill and accounting Ashley does our educations Ashley is out. Doing breast cancer awareness programs to high school students to health payers. Currently she's actually working on programming Jefferson perish to bring. Tobacco education association to fork by schools and police are gonna do like a 45 week program at the schools. And then Michelle as our marketing in part time marketing Michelle's she was very instrumental in our identity molecular over the summer which is wonderful hop. Hot pots also summer night China than it is coming greats our hour we'll have it again next August interview spectacular. And you don't know this. But we actually Al I wrote I was able to ride if you grants and actually I was able to bring on a patient can. Well we have grown to wind up adding Palin has now by flip left exit at the at three full time a three part time and he shut. Is actually going to nursing school and sodas is a perfect this is a patient navigator to another facility takes a page you see how little smaller cut. And Nile are all arching plan is we want to have their. Find out which of our patients need a little more help in other some patients that just needed gas card. But there's some patients like we talked about with dear blueprint for prosperity there are ready. Falling over the edge so if we have Banesha able to help those people navigate into other programs that are being funded by united way. Or you know things that it might be that they. You don't have anything so you know we will dig com corporate second second harvest food bank you know not only in that we have food banks and all the different energies we work with. MIT's summit might find this an a domestic violence situation. You know I might be some isn't legal situation they're being evicted salient you know who did you actually righty Mercury Turkey right partners we work together and ignore absolutely travelers wait so we how we work with homeless. Is that there's so many things avenues that it just but the such a small office. One patient can take several hours it is so you know I need somebody there that can work with patients and actually. The kind of funneled in into navy things that they can do you made it might give financial situation. Where they need help with their finances how to save money and how to save it and down payment. And united way has those types of programs so this is kind of a win win situation. I just wanted to stress the fact that how much work did you how small. And how you touched the lives of so many and save lives every. Year it sucks I that we Lee helped the most people you'd ever helped. Last in the last twelve months over 711 people in the third there's easily covered. We do cover other parishes that have a south Louisiana. Assumptions Arab owned. Let's finish in saint Mary also covers Saint John in saint Charles tangible payers and in southeast Louisiana area Washington in the green and semantics question is would you sleep and I do you sleep believe it or not I am very very. Good about tying trot that and snapped me laugh and even trying to manage stress and getting enough sleep because. You know it is important that if you know I'm not healthy and you know I can't do that. You just mentioned said that too stressed Edward we're talking about breast cancer awareness but just how in general. We've talked about house to brass can be a major factor contributing to all kinds of other problem. It can't if you eat and there's different stress if you look at the you know. A quick stress you know like you're late for work or ideally for running for an appointment or something us a quick stress has done an early. But then if you're under these long term stresses and you know certain jobs or storms sort of the recent flooding that's on been on the North Shore and in some of the other parishes of long term stresses. And your body if it can't react well to it immune system gets depleted. In other studies have shown asthma attacks and eczema is in you know off a whole different kinds of things as we stress eat so you know that can be linked to some years things so you know stressful situations. It's it's you know and her a lot of executive directors like myself you know it's always tussle trying to find funds and make each year. Patients in your Stafford taking care of himself in a stress is something that we you know I've been teaching for a long time and I always had to follow my own rulers took them and don't sweat the small stuff doesn't. As a milestone but you know done some good things you and your staff for the people or 711 folks thirteen parishes. And again for those who are listening can't stress enough. How. We have so many partners out there that we all want help and worked GAAP are. But we need you our listeners. To support us two and two of the united way to tag now. If you want more information person and give you united way police please go to our web site. And that is united way and CE LA dot org united way of southeast Louisiana. And police Tammy you're website. It's very simple this is www. Cat now dot org which is CAG. In. That Allard G you can Google cancer association greater New Orleans in and I and I do what I eat you talk about. Funding and that we are able why not cut shot onto my husband has always do he created this wonderful database source. So each grain we do each donation that we do if they want peace keeping in a specific. Perish in a specific program we can do that. And so that's what's so unique about and I had to go back to the 1950s who. We found at you because you were found to be part where he grew our grid and we weren't stream where we are you know we're not fillet with anybody national we are local agency. And and I found this and it's it's a quote from. Miss Leon wolf from 1958 not consummated our Montrae and work. This is I loved that far at the pass almost sixty years. We've been able to keep this in her Mott and this is this is an actual quote from her she said we feel that those of us who collect local funds hold limits trustees'. For local contributors and their wishes in connection with funds donated by them prepare mound. You know I think that's that's the basis to united way into a lot of these agencies is that. These local funds help local people and the dollars that are thought our race are kept locally. And that it's so they're very simple notation is but he raised here stays here exactly and it is important especially you know that. So many times we think about the Cyrano we've had this discussion. And portion of up the river and down were called cancer Alley we know that there are other cancers were here talking about breast cancer awareness. But I believe it's lung cancer that is one of those that is most prevalent here or so let's set the record straight. When you look at Louisiana. I'm Andy and anybody who would like his statistics please feel free to contact us but in Louisiana. Our mortality rate is much higher than the national average for so many cancers. And Louisiana lung cancer is number one so. We have about 22000 people that are 22 and a half thousand people that are diagnosed with cancer every year and in Louisiana this is the whole entire state. About 9000 people die of that about 2700 people died from lung cancer. And it does is go back again to prevention prevention or intervention air mansion just aren't always a part of the culture if people are not smoking. We're gonna see cancer rates from lung cancer go down now granite and some lung cancer is people who quit smoking and still see lung cancers ten to fifteen years down the road. So is very impaired when you go to your doctor. Even if you quit smoking 510 years ago make your doctor knows that you were reviewers smoker is might be another test that he wants to run. But you and you look at that when retirement deaths. Let's just show you how the differences a lung cancers 2700 deaths a year and we got down a colon cancer. That's about 860 deaths a year then wiggled out of breast cancer 656. Women you'd lose their life to breast cancer just in our state of Louisiana. What's interesting down. Nastiness and I didn't have been involved with cancer association into almost twenty years now. Pancreatic cancer has now moved up ice on the rise to a yes about it the only two I don't know it's just been analyzed. Our Brinkley celebrities quote people famous in the news coming down but isn't that what are those that. That it's very slow going and you unfortunately gotten doses. Cannot come off until the last still has yet to appear until people don't know and I went a proud one Ephron mine died of pancreatic cat campaign credit cancer years ago. And I just never her first date was weight loss and yet they're trying to figure out why should lost so much weight. And it'd been chip pancreatic cancer and it was so sad issue is diagnosed in June and she passed away. You know dissipate pretty at a cancer unit and it really is a very difficult diagnosis. But again if you diagnosing these things early you have a much greater change. Well there are RX also I believe where you can show that. Smoking or some of these other cancers can be traced even you may find it in one part of your body it may have started as perhaps breast cancer or somewhere else again. Attacks nine innovation. And they can actually at the cells if you have breast cancer metastasized to the bone. They can still you know most cancers have a certain path when it like to test the size. So even if it's lung cancer they may find it in May not be that primary diagnosis. But normally lung cancer metastasized it can metastasized to the brain to. To the bone to so many different places. On it was interesting. I mean I think about some of these cancers especially of lung cancer. Is that you can prevent that by not smoking Huntsman now as symbol single manner yet about nine massage and there are some long cancers that come about by not smoking people would never smoked a day in their life. People were not around secondhand smoke so there are some cancers that they're looking into this. Why is somebody getting lung cancer who was never around that so there are some of the things. On mesothelioma as a Tyson aligning of the lung is new and I honestly that's under the shipyards ancestors you know legal black I didn't know that you know are narrow all across the nation all of the box as wouldn't catch finances so no that's all been changed up. On the radon is it and we have radon detectors at our house is now in that can cause as to does a lot of different things on genetics can consulate and. That's where when you get back to is well because when you hear that that you're more pre disposed. We know in particular that there are that is true of breast cancers and what it's the Brock. But I don't lineup back into that his mother lets chuckled a bit up advocate of course it was made a bit famous on the actress Angelina Jolie. Had decided made the decision to have random radical knicks missed sector I get it out to hunt how to act and he's yes because she knew she carried the gene Wright is quite concerned right that it would lead to cancer. And CD have a couple options some people choose to have that ran almost a radical mastectomy. Without having cancer in the let's take a way to Theres some woman women to wait and see. It had their mammograms to find you know 22 detected early so really is such a personal decision but no lame that you had that genius takes into a hole and account you know which decisions IP. And some women who don't may not know but we are able we usually tell people you know if if eat if you if you have a relative unit first degree IQ mom you know if she has diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of forty. Make sure your doctor knows. Or really any cancer if you have a dad you know it prostate cancer in his forties and fifties they choose your doctor knows that. They may wanna start testing early there's some things a colon cancer. There's genetics with African Americans that you might see calling continue to appointees. We have quite a few we have several colon cancer patients ring now that are younger and so you know and younger cancers tend to be more aggressive. And so we really need to know what chuck Finley had. And that can be traced back to more of they genetic and yet as opposed to a lifestyle or are our yes how you eat how you behave contest it discern even ethnicity isn't. That to bill that can Oden. They were really he had but you know go back at a certain ethnicity is I'm at school on EG Jewish population has a certain type of colon cancer on the so there's different things at just flow with the ethnicity so if you really need to know. And be well informed and make sure your doctor knows is one thing to have information. But they cheered doc knows to make your children. And she gets share it yet because knowledge is how we live in this case it are focusing more information you have. The better prepared you are to go to your doctor and had that conversations saying you know my mom is diagnosed at a certain age what do I need to do now. And is important it is so many. That we Trish actually find that either can be genetic component is that cultural. What you're smoker. Fried food sedentary lifestyles. All of these things can contribute. To what amounts that may not be cancer but it can certainly impedance. Your ability to heal if you are diagnosed with something yes. It can bring about other illnesses. Diabetes at the things we have here and all those can eventually could contribute. To something as is unfortunately. As deadly as cancer. Well absolutely not the heart disease or diabetes. During a timeout to back of the carbon monoxide in cigarettes that's very much. Linked to heart attacks and high cholesterol levels and so when your around a carbon. A lot of carbon monoxide and there are even like the pancreatic cancer in the back from the linked to lack of exercise secondhand smoke in him and environments and as. This just so many different things you know. What do at this and I and I don't mean to put on the spot but again we're talking breast cancer awareness at center. Are their cash too often hear about let's go get tested such and such companies offering you notice it's a whole body something. To the host things. Does that really works you know about this or Ariza more that you really have to get a 110 intense testing and your genetic. And what does more into an intense because you know when you look at demography of it in a specific site. And we get a whole body that's a little hard team actually know even with a not guilty if you see something tomography. Is not definitive that is cancer you know people have read enough and remain a one way or the other. But you know that diagnostic can be the high ops in finding out you know you'll have even an ultrasound ultra still Artose you know tell sometimes. Announces a lot of a lot of testicle aligned with just not one. But I you know you work with your doctor if you dot and not. I think it does not. Awareness again. This program. That is so so very important now you do give your website that him please give again our own number. Because if women or man who want more information. Not only about breast cancer breast cancer awareness this month October. But about other cancers. Here's where you can go again. Our web site is Debbie Debbie Debbie does CAG. In without Allard G. You can call us on our phone numbers Bible for 7335539. This level 1800 number 1800. 624. T 039. A slowdown let's go back out our packets but it's going to write that down 18062. Full hour to 039. And I do shut out and get a shot Nazis. Cycle barn millet they just did a fund raiser fours and it was phenomenal. You know so this is what we need in the communities these organizations that are doing these little fund greater raises the hours. It's just amazing and we have another group called kicking against cancers it's keep Alterman is gonna happen in December. Actually December 17. Is that account not about it if you're kick ball team is a great little organization that raises money for cancer patients. And they actually pick a cancer patient in need. So is just wonderful that's also the fireman's fund this in New Orleans and you've heard about them they are wonderful they pick charities every month. And a bartenders and a French Quarter donate their tents. And that's nice yes LSU one more plug too because it is coming up what does that October 22. And that is going to be at city park and it is the twentieth anniversary. At the Susan G. Komen run in it is going to be fantastic. I want to thank you so very much for joining it is obvious to him your dear friend and your wonderful what you do everybody least least. Be aware of all the good things that carrot you know offer to this community Tammy swindle who is the executive director. Of the cancer association of greater New Orleans I'm Jerry Westerfield. And for united way let me tell you that united way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity to eradicate poverty in our region. Restrict huge weekly investing in programs and initiatives collaborations. And accuracy efforts to meet our community's greatest needs. We have a bold vision of equitable communities. We're all individuals are healthy educated and economically stable. And that's in Jefferson Orleans plaque immensely Bernard saint Tammany hall to poke. And Washington parishes for more information please visit us to not waste Ciba. Dime or Tammy John Meehan saying live. You know I did.